Galesburg-Augusta picked up 8-0 and 9-4 baseball wins on their home diamond Monday against Schoolcraft, keeping the Rams in the mix within the top of the SAC Valley division. It was a stark departure from their three 2017 meetings, which the Eagles had won by a combined 49-1 score.
G-A opened ahead with one run in the first inning and two more in the third. Twice, Schoolcraft loaded the bases against Ram ace pitcher Trevor Patterson, but each time he escaped unscathed. Patterson finished with 6.1 innings of shutout ball with Thurman McDaniel getting the final two outs in the seventh.
The Galesburg-Augusta offense put the game on ice with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by numerous doubles. The offensive production was spread out for the Rams. Gavin Miller and Alec Beatty both scored twice.
W- Trevor Patterson: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K, 2 BB
L- Marc Shaink: 5 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 6 BB
Galesburg-Augusta kept rolling early into game two with six runs between the first two innings. Ram pitcher Gavin Miller was sturdy through the first four innings, scattering a hit in each inning and nothing more.
Down 7-0 entering the fifth, the Eagles were able to avoid getting skunked for the day on a four-run inning. Despite being seemingly obvious that it would be too dark for a sixth inning, the Rams were sent to bat in the bottom of the fifth, where they scored twice more.
Patterson led the offense with three runs, two hits, and two RBI. McDaniel had two runs and two hits. Another two runs came via Jonathan Robinson.
W- Gavin Miller: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 K
L- Connor Nutt: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
With the losses, Schoolcraft falls to 8-10 overall and 2-5 within SAC Valley play. The Eagles continue a tough and busy week Tuesday against Centreville.
Galesburg-Augusta improves to 9-9 on the victories and 6-2 within the SAC Valley. The Rams only trail 6-1 Hackett Catholic, whom they beat last month. The second game of their series is still to be completed. Next on the schedule for G-A is a trip Friday to Constantine.
The Rams and Eagles could meet for a third time, as they share a district with Comstock, Parchment, and Lawton.